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2:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Saw producers are ready for more Saw

How many Saw films were there? It seems like twenty were crammed into the franchise's six year run (2004-2010), but now producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules feel like a four-six year break is long enough for people to want mor...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Guardians of the Galaxy revives the cassette tape

Guardians of the Galaxy, which had one of the best soundtracks in recent memory and was he biggest hit of 2014 (domestically), will have its soundtrack released on cassette tape. The soundtrack, which features amazing artists...

Jonathan Wray

12:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Rob Riggle is Frank f**king West

Remember when I told you all that a movie based on the Dead Rising videogame series was in the works for Sony's Crackle digital service? Yeah, I wasn't thrilled about the concept either, but proving movies work in mysterious ...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.21.2014

Disney's Moana gets synopsis and new release date

When we'd last heard about Disney's next animated (possibly princess) film, Moana, it was working in the same style as their gorgeous Paperman short and was debuting in 2018. Looks like production has sped up over the la...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Book of Life photo
Review: The Book of Life
by Nick Valdez

Although advertisements for The Book of Life really didn't kick in until a few months before its release, I've been eagerly anticipating the film for a bevy of reasons. It's produced by Guillermo Del Toro (thus giving it a pedigree), it's directed by Jorge Gutierrez (who once created one of my favorite Nickelodeon cartoons, El Tigre), and it's one of the few mainstream accepted films celebrating Mexican culture. In fact, I'm having a hard time picturing a Latino animated film in recent years (The Road to El Dorado is the only one I can think of, really). 

So with all of that on the line, how does The Book of Life handle the pressure? It's got to deliver an entertaining children's film, it's got to educate folks on the Mesoamerican holiday Dia de Muertos, and it has to do all of this while making sure it has a competent story of its own. Thankfully, The Book of Life maintains some of its balance during this trapeze act of remarkable proportions.  

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3:00 PM on 10.20.2014

More John Carter movies could be in the works

John Carter was one of the biggest cinematic flops in recent history and heads rolled at Disney after it floundered out of the start gate. It was too bad because it was actually an entertaining piece of science fiction a...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 10.20.2014

My Little Ponies coming to the big screen

I have actually never watched an episode of the new My Little Ponies, but man are they popular. Like, scarily so. Who knows that it is. Well, I'm sure I could find plenty of fans who could tell me what it is, but that's not t...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 10.20.2014

First trailer for Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea

Based on Nathaniel Phillbrick's book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (the Essex's story in turn inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick), Heart is directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemswort...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.20.2014

Box Office Numbers: Tanks on Tanks on Tanks

Sorry I missed last week's round of Box Office Numbers, folks. I was busy jib jabbering over at New York Comic Con. Good times. During all of that, Dracula Untold and The Judge released to okay numbers, but nothing was able t...

Nick Valdez



Interview: Adam Saunders, producer and CEO of Footprint Features photo
Interview: Adam Saunders, producer and CEO of Footprint Features
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

The role of a producer has always been kind of opaque to me. I just fundamentally get what directors do, cinematographers do, writers, etc., but "Producer" is such a broad term and encompasses so many things. For that reasons, I've tended to shie away from talking to them, because I just didn't really get it. But I got the chance to talk to producer Adam Saunders, CEO of Footprint Features, and I got a bit more of a glimpse into the day-to-day work of what is really a crucial role on set.

So that was pretty cool. And talking to him was cool in general. He's a fast-talker and ridiculously enthusiastic, both of which are pretty good traits for a producer to have.

It's worth noting that this interview was actually conducted a little while ago, during the media blitz for the release of Footprint's most recent film, About Alex. The content of the interview itself is not particularly time sensitive, though, so what he said then certainly still applies now.

Let's get to it!

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Review: Fury photo
Review: Fury
by Nick Valdez

I've been anticipating Fury for quite some time. Writer/Director David Ayer is one of my favorite folks in the industry, and I'm always eager to find out what he's churning out next. From Training Day to The Fast and The Furious, Ayer's writing is always top notch. Though recently he's taken up the directing duties himself (resulting in one of 2012's best films, End of Watch) I was a bit worried after his most recent effort, Sabotage, released to middling reviews earlier this year. 

Looks like Fury drew all of his real focus. Fury debuted its first trailer with a bang, and has never let go. Tragic, hilarious, and full of more acting chops than you can shake a stick at, Fury is f**king fierce. 

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Review: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) photo
Review: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

You should see Birdman. In fact, you need to see Birdman. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film is something truly special, and were it not for the fact that Boyhood finally saw its release, it would undoubtedly be the most fascinating thing to come out this year (and, really, in recent memory). Every single facet of it can be the start of its own overly-long review. And for that reason, this review is going to be split into two parts. This is the main review, and in the coming days I’ll be following it up with a more analytical (though still generally spoiler free) Review Companion piece.

If you know nothing about Birdman, you should just go see it. Close your laptop, turn off your phone, stop whatever it is you are doing and just get to the nearest theater where it’s playing. Going in blind isn’t really necessary here, but there’s no reason not to either. I went in knowing only that it was not an adaptation of Harvey Birdman (spoiler), and that made it especially fascinating for me. But to be honest, the things that I found fascinating probably won’t be the things you find fascinating. Really, there is so freaking much to talk about in this movie.

So let’s get into it. 

[This film was seen as part of our coverage of the 52nd New York Film Festival. It is being posted to coincide with the film's limited theatrical release]

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2:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Here are several posters for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

"The Defining Chapter" lol  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has five armies and possibly a battle December 17th.  [via Twitter]

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 10.16.2014

First poster for Jurassic World

With Jurassic World now being truly and imminently a thing that we will be able to watch with our eyes a poster has arrived via the film's director. It might be the least original, yet still functional poster ever. Clear...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Neil Patrick Harris to host the 87th Annual Academy Awards

The Academy Awards are a tough sell every year. Each year their relevance continues to fade as more and more folks rely on word of mouth from social media rather than purchasing their movie ticket or DVD based on how many awa...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.16.2014

Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 teaser shows off new footage

This newest teaser for The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part 1 is short (clocking in at barely over a minute), but boy does it work. Showing off Lorde's new single "Yellow Flicker Beat," the teaser reveals what happens when Katniss makes her way back to District 12. Let's just say things are going to get pretty good.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 releases November 21st. 

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 10.16.2014

Get passes for any showing of Men, Women and Children

Still haven't seen Jason Reitmen's Men, Women and Children? That's OK, I haven't either, but now you can at no risk. We've got passes for the film at any Regal Cinema in DC. The movie looks pretty solid so we'd love for you t...

Matthew Razak

6:00 PM on 10.15.2014

WB working on Lego Batman spin-off

The LEGO Movie remains one of my favorite films of 2014. It was charming, smart, and parents have told me their kids didn't move an inch during the whole thing (which is a huge deal). One of the breakouts was Will Arnett as B...

Nick Valdez



DC's film slate finally revealed! photo
DC's film slate finally revealed!
by Sean Walsh

Hold on to your hats, boys and girls, DC has revealed their film slate through 2020. This is major! We're looking at a pretty major A-List line-up (and Suicide Squad, which is cool too!) following Batman v. Superman - Dawn of Justice:

  • 2016: Suicide Squad
  • 2017: Wonder Woman
  • 2017: Justice League Part One
  • 2018 The Flash
  • 2018: Aquaman
  • 2019: Shazam
  • 2019: Justice League Part Two
  • 2020: Cyborg
  • 2020: Green Lantern

Additionally, Jason Mamoa is finally, officially Aquaman and some rather out-of-left-field casting for Flash sees We Need to Talk About Kevin's titular sociopath Ezra Miller don the red and yellow suit.

What do you guys think? Are you hyped? It's hard not to get excited with a line-up like that to look forward to. Also note this doesn't even include additional Superman and Batman solo movies.

I'ts an exciting time to be a comic fan.

(Header courtesy of the awesome Bobby Rubio)

[via Comic Vine]

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4:00 PM on 10.15.2014

Red Band trailer for Dear White People finally reveals the story

With every trailer and clip for Dear White People I see, I fall more and more in love with the idea. But until now, we've never had a proper look at the film's plot. Basically, a cartoonishly white fraternity wants to throw ...

Nick Valdez



NYFF Review: Inherent Vice photo
NYFF Review: Inherent Vice
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

I’m not educated enough to have an intelligent conversation about Inherent Vice. I’m smart enough, but to seriously wrestle with what Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s book is trying to do and say would require me to have A) Seen more of P. T. Anderson’s films, or B) Read more (read: any) of Pynchon’s books (perhaps even the source material itself), or C) Know more about the era in which the film takes place.

And so it’s taken me well over a week to write this review, because I simply didn’t know what to say. I wanted to deconstruct the film in some meaningful way, but I don’t feel qualified to do so.

What I can do, however, is consider just what it means to see (and generally enjoy) a film that I don’t understand. 

[For the next few weeks, Flixist will be covering the 52nd New York Film Festival. More information can be found here, and all of our coverage can be found here.]

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12:00 PM on 10.15.2014

Check out this cool Bebop and Rocksteady concept art for TMNT

We can argue back and forth all day over whether or not Johnathan Liebesman's take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a good film or not, but we all seem to universally agree on how terrible everything looked. Regardless of ...

Nick Valdez